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Our product of the month is Arnica Sports Gel with CBD oil. If you haven’t heard about arnica or the healing properties of CBD oil, here’s a quick summary from our staff at Organic Elements Spa to get you up to speed*.
Arnica is a homeopathic medicine that is becoming much more widely known in recent days. As a perennial botanical from the family Asteraceae, arnica is an herb with orange and yellow daisy-like flowers native to mountainous regions of North America and Europe.
Traditionally, Europeans and Native Americans harvested the plants and soaked the flowers in water to create a melded poultice that could easily be placed on an injured area. As the practice evolved, alcohol extracts of the plant were made that could be blended into an ointment.
It wasn’t until 1981 that German researchers discovered and isolated a compound they named “helenalin” in the plant. They determined it was the helenalin that had anti-inflammatory and pain-relieving properties. Today, arnica in a topical form is commonly used on the skin to reduce pain and swelling associated with bruises, aches, and sprains. (Note: arnica should not be applied to open wounds.)
CBD is short for cannabidiol, a substance naturally found in cannabis and hemp plants. CBD does not create a feeling of being “high” that is often associated with cannabis—in fact, that “high” comes from a different cannabinoid, THC.
The nerve cells in your body are regulated by the endocannabinoid system, complete with cannabinoid receptors (CB1 and CB2) and cannabinoids. In short, this system works together to balance several processes including those that make you feel pain (or not.) Normally, the endocannabinoid system will alert the body when an injury has occurred by creating the sensation of pain, and then alleviates the pain when the injury is tended to.
Sometimes the body is not in balance, and that feeling of pain continues. That’s when CBD comes to the rescue. CBD binds to the CB2 receptors. In other words, CBD blocks the part of the endocannabinoid system that is causing the body to continue to feel pain.
Arnica Sports Gel with CBD Oil
When combined, arnica plus CBD oil may alleviate pain and discomfort more than either on its own. This combination is kind of like tackling a problem from multiple angles.
Recover with your next challenging workout with ease. Give Arnica Sports Gel with CBD Oil a try! Contact us today to find out how to order a bottle, or stop by our Spa in Medford. We are here enthusiastically waiting to serve YOU!
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*Statements in this article have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.